Things to see and do
Welcome to Witley Court and Gardens
We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. To book your visit, click here.
Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.
- Gardens and Woodland Walk - The gardens and woodlands will be open as usual for you to enjoy while maintaining social distancing.
- Witley Court- The ruins of Witley Court will be open as usual.
- Shop - The shop will be open offering a range of gifts and souvenirs. We will be encouraging contactless payment. You can also visit our online shop.
- Toilets - Our toilets are open as usual. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available on site.
A Romantic Ruin
Walk up the sweeping driveway to the spectacular ruins of Witley Court and imagine a bygone era of decadent house parties, balls and concerts.
In the 1890s fashionable society flocked to Witley Court, including one frequent royal visitor, the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII.
Take in the impressive architecture and see the charred timbers from the disastrous fire which ripped through the court in 1937, destroying one of England's greatest country houses.
Wander through the intricately designed parterres, vibrant flower beds, ornate terraces and pavilions which make up the magnificently landscaped gardens of Witley Court. Today garden lovers can enjoy the beautifully restored East Parterre garden complete with topiary and colourful planting. There is something to enjoy in the garden in every season.
Not to be missed is the spectacular Perseus and Andromeda fountain 'firing' as it comes to life - once said to make the noise of an express train. Following a seven month conservation project the fountain has now been fully restored and fires every day from April to the end of October.
Wilderness Play Area
Home to a wide range of flowers and mini beasts, the wooden play area provides a fun and challenging space for adventurous children of all ages.
Inspired by the surrounding wilderness, there's a tree-house shaped like a seed pod, outdoor musical instruments and even a grass-covered amphitheatre. Braver explorers can tackle the wobbly bridge, scramble nets and slide.
Perfect for family picnics the play area is located near the visitor centre and is a huge hit with visitors of all ages. Find out more about family visits to Witley.
Behind the Scenes
Pick up a free audio guide and bring Witley to life with stories of past residents.
Re-live the extravagant lifestyle of the Foley and Dudley families who owned this classic example of a great Victorian country house.
Follow in the footsteps of the butler and other servants, and wander through the labyrinth of small rooms and passageways.
Explore the winding woodland paths of Witley's vast parkland and wonder at the many different species of trees and shrubs from all over the world. The rhododendron collection is particularly impressive.
Follow the path beside the lake and look out for the rustic Victorian boathouse. If you are lucky you may even catch a glimpse of a great crested grebe fishing for his supper. Just one of the many beautiful birds which make up Witley's varied wildlife.
Great Witley Church
Extend your visit and wander over to see Great Witley Church. The parish church of St Michael and All Angels which is attached to Witley Court.
Untouched by the fire of 1937 this delightful church with its amazing Italianate Baroque interior, is a must-see for any visitor.
(Please note Great Witley Church is not managed by English Heritage)
Come and browse heritage-inspired gifts, traditional children's toys and souvenirs.
Sample our wide selection of wines, chutneys and jams or pick up information on our events and other English Heritage properties.
Why not also shop online before or after your visit?